It is not often that a quarterback who is within a stone’s throw of his team’s all-time passing mark has to fight for his job. T.J. Yates had to do exactly that during this year’s training camp.
After an old-fashioned quarterback battle, Yates once again was announced the starter for the 2010 season.
North Carolina head coach Butch Davis split first-team repetitions between Yates and redshirt freshman Bryn Renner for all of training camp.
“People forget that T.J. Yates has won some very big football games for this team,” Davis said. “He’s played well at times during the course of his career. During his first season, he was the most efficient quarterback in the ACC.”
Last season, when robbed of the safety net of standout receivers Hakeem Nicks and Brandon Tate, Yates struggled. He threw 15 interceptions, including costly picks in the fourth quarter of losses against N.C. State, Virginia and Georgia Tech.